Corps to maintain lake flows to river

JACKSONVILLE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District will maintain the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee Estuary on the current schedule of releases to the Caloosahatchee River. “The lake has been pretty steady over the course of the past month,” said Col. Andrew Kelly, commander of the corps’ Jacksonville […]

CDC lake study comments close November 18

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will close the public comment period on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee on Nov. 18. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly […]

Lake level holds steady despite releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will maintain the flow of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee to the Caloosahatchee this week, with a target average flow of 650 cubic feet per second, measured at the Franklin Lock, according to a Nov. 8, media conference with Col. Andrew Kelly of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. If […]

Northern Everglades rules to change

OKEECHOBEE — Cattle ranches have been in the Lake Okeechobee watershed since pioneers first settled the area, but before the Central and South Florida Project for Flood Control, the nutrient loads entering Lake Okeechobee were not a problem, Gary Ritter of Florida Farm Bureau told South Florida Water Management District representatives at the Nov. 5 […]

Ben Butler appointed to SFWMD board

TALLAHASSEE – The Heartland counties of the South Florida Water Management District finally have representation on the governing board. The SFWMD governing board seat representing Glades, Highlands, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Polk counties has been vacant since March. On Nov. 5, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Benjamin Butler to the board. This appointment […]

Corps continues lake releases to Caloosahatchee

The level of Lake Okeechobee fluctuated slightly over the past week, as releases continue from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River. On Oct. 27, the lake level was 13.49 feet above sea level. On Oct. 21, the lake level was 13.50 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District continued to release water from […]

FWC sprays lake from helicopter

LAKE OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) plans to conduct aquatic plant treatments on Lake Okeechobee from Thursday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Nov. 1. No treatments will be conducted during the weekend. The treatments will be conducted via helicopter. Treatment areas will include a dense cattail marsh southeast of the Indian […]

Steube takes ag’s side in debate over Lake O

MOORE HAVEN — During his address Oct. 10 at the Glades County Economic Development Council annual dinner, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube said he would continue to oppose the views of another congressman on issues involving Lake Okeechobee. He outlined his sharp contrast with the views of U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-18th District, over the lake […]

Public comment sought on CDC plan to study lake

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control is seeking public comment on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly exposed population.” CDC will accept written comments up […]

Public comment sought on CDC plan to study lake

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control is seeking public comment on a proposed study of persons exposed to algae in Lake Okeechobee. CDC-2019-0079, published Sept. 17 in the Federal Register, proposes a collection project titled “Aerosols from cyanobacterial blooms: Exposures and health effects in a highly exposed population.” CDC will accept written comments up […]